LA, Riverside lead California in smog days Local Radio – Today
Another splinter environmental group counted up all the red-dot bad air days in California for the past two years for a “new report” on ozone related smog. You probably already know what they found and surprisingly the Central Valley didn’t come in first as the article above would make you believe.
If you guessed that the Riverside and San Bernardino (the Inland Empire) residents had the worst air (according to this report), you’re right – they came in at number one. According to LA-based Environment California, a statewide, environmental lawyered-up advocacy organization, a third of the time (122 days) the Inland Empire air exceeded current federal standards for ground level ozone set at 125 ppb. You know ozone, that scary gas that President Obama told the job killing, junk science based EPA to back away from three weeks ago. The EPA has developed an Air Quality Index (AQI) to help explain air pollution levels to the general public. Under the current standards, eight-hour average ozone mole fractions of 85 to 104 nmol/mol are described as “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” 105 nmol/mol to 124 nmol/mol as “unhealthy,” and 125 nmol/mol to 404 nmol/mol as “very unhealthy”.
Yes, Los Angeles did its part to harm the children too, racking up 69 smoggy days last year for the third worst air in the state. The Central Valley’s Visalia-Tulare area came in second and Bakersfield tied with Los Angeles. The Central Valley is where the EPA and regional air districts and groups are extorting $29-million from all local vehicle owners – to combat pollution.
The environmental advocacy group with 15 employees (real green jobs), released the data after efforts to tighten federal rules for ground level ozone stalled out. President Barack Obama directed his EPA chief Lisa Jackson to postpone a long-planned rulemaking based on CASAC’s arbitraty ozone standard that would have set a national smog standard to match or exceed those in place in California. If the standard had gone through, it would have added up to a month of bad air days to L.A.’s calendar. Now who really thinks the air is dirty in this state – the Browniman, Mary of CARB, those that have their green jobs at the non-profits?
Environmentalists say present standards hide the severity of the air quality problem in this state, with the third highest life expectancy. Woo-is-us, excuse me I have to cough from all that pollution. Yes, EPA’s own purchased studies by CASAC’s folks (see USC’s Samet) found that tighter rules, moving theNational Ambient Air Quality Standards ozone standard from 75 ppb to 60 ppb (as in parts per billion), could “maybe” save 12,000 lives a year in the entire U.S. But EPA also estimated businesses would pay as much as $90 billion to make the air cleaner. Others especially from industry like theManufacturers’ Alliance/MAPI estimated that if the proposed regulations are implemented, 7 million jobs will be lost and the U.S. GDP would be lowered by 3.6% ($1.013 trillion) by 2020.